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"Break Free (feat. Zedd)" (CD single)

Music review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
"Break Free (feat. Zedd)" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Clean, catchy dance/pop song for strong, independent girls.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Grande powerfully sings, "I only want to die alive / Never by the hands of a broken heart / Don't want to hear you lie tonight" and "I'm stronger than I've been before." She won't let a broken heart keep her down.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Grande sings about breaking free from a former flame and celebrates her independence with lyrics such as "This is the part when I say I don't want ya / I'm stronger than I've been before / This is the part where I break free."​ Ariana Grande is both a successful Nickelodeon star and a pop sensation who isn't afraid to experiment with different musical genres. She's worked with plenty of big-name artists such as Iggy Azalea, Mac Miller, and, on this single, Zedd. Her full-length album also features collaborations with Big Sean, Childish Gambino, and ASAP Ferg. 


One use of "hell."


The lyrics video, which premiered on MTV's "Total Ariana Live," features a space theme heavily influenced by Star Wars' iconic scrolling text and Barbarella.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Break Free (feat. Zedd)" is a clean and catchy dance/pop track from Ariana Grande about a young woman who won't let heartbreak prevent her from being strong and independent. The lyrics music video is definitely a treat for Star Wars fans, as it features the iconic scrolling text beginning with "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." There is no iffy content except for one use of "hell."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byM&M1995 August 22, 2014

Ariana Grande's new single is futuristic fantastic.

With a little help from the DJ by the name of Zedd, Ariana Grande unleashes a mega dance track with powerful beats and an addictive, pop-inspired chorus. Once a... Continue reading
Adult Written byjoshuamillage24 March 2, 2015

Ariana Grande - Break Free

I am obsessed with Ariana grande and this song isn't a bad song. In the song it says hell but it just saying on the road through bad times. The song is bac... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 16, 2014

pop trash

I think this song is terrible and the video contains a girl who looks about twelve trying to be sexy its plain weird
Kid, 9 years old February 2, 2015

Break Free.

Break Free is a song by Ariana Grande, feat Zedd. Many people may think it's going to be a inoporcriate song, but it's actually not. The only reason I... Continue reading

What's the story?

BREAK FREE (FEAT. ZEDD) is the second single from Ariana Grande's 2014 album My Everything. The song premiered on a special one-day revival of the MTV show Total Request Live called "Total Ariana Live." Grande has stated that the "Break Free" music video was inspired by her love of science fiction including Star Wars and Jane Fonda's sci-fi film Barbarella.

Is it any good?

Teaming up with popular EDM DJ and producer Zedd was a smart move for Ariana Grande and her meteoric rise as a pop star. Her powerful Mariah Carey-like vocals shine just as much on this catchy dance track as they do on her old-school R&B songs. Although this tune isn't as memorable as Zedd's previous radio-ready hits such as "Clarity" and "Stay the Night," its pulsating beats and positive messages may be enough for "Break Free" to become Grande's next big summer jam.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ariana Grande's popularity. Why do you think she's become so successful?

  • Ariana Grande's signature sound is old-school R&B. Do you think she will continue to have success within the EDM genre? What other musical genres would you like to hear from her?

  • How does "Break Free" compare to "Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)"? Which song do you like better?

Music details

For kids who love dance/pop music

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